Realising the value of world-class research at Cranfield University
When Cranfield University invested in developing their Research and Innovation Office, they were looking to partner with a leading innovation management consultancy that could develop a bespoke knowledge exchange and commercialisation (KEC) processes fit for their environment; manage the day-to-day commercialisation workload; introduce an entrepreneurial culture; develop relationships and increase investment from business; and, support the university’s long term strategic development.
Oxentia provided long-term and regular onsite presence from a team of KEC consultants with a wide variety of technical expertise. End to end support for all commercial activity was supported; from liaising with academics to identify potential commercial opportunities to negotiating licence agreements and supporting spinout companies. Good practice training was provided on a range of subject areas to academics and support staff to increase the level of entrepreneurial activities.
Cranfield University has one of the highest ratios of private sector to public sector research. Oxentia has established a KEC process and more entrepreneurial/industry focused culture, enabling the University to capitalise on their deep links into industry.